Fifty million people on Facebook had their identities harvested for political purposes. We find out how a professor in Britain was able to convince Facebook to let him run an experiment on its users without their knowledge, and how that information winded up at a company called Cambridge Analytica -- run by Steve Bannon and funded by conservative Robert Mercer.
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An Uber self-driving car hit a woman crossing the street Sunday night in Tempe, Arizona. She later died at the hospital. Now Uber’s autonomous program is being suspended -- again. What does it all mean for Uber’s business, and the future of self-driving cars?
Crisis pregnancy centers are generally run by religious, pro-life groups that aim to convince pregnant women not to get abortions. A California law requires that employees at these centers tell their clients that the state offers free and low-cost abortions and other family planning services. Now a group of these centers is challenging that law, saying that it violates freedom of speech.
Tara Westover grew up as a Mormon survivalist in rural Idaho. She didn’t go to school. She didn’t even have a birth certificate. When she and other family members got sick or injured, Tara’s mother treated them. Tara left home when she was 17 to go to Brigham Young University, then went on to Harvard and Cambridge. Her studies gave her a much wider understanding of the world. However, in leaving her family behind, she also lost something precious.
Over the weekend, President Trump attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI. That came after he fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. News commentators have talked about Trump “feeling his oats.” We find out where that phrase comes from.
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